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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 2 First Diploma at Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Course description

You will study six units that will serve as an overview of the care industries. During the one year course you will participate in academic, practical and work-related activities that will cover the following topics:

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Course content

There will also be three additional units that will be handpicked by the lecutring staff to further expand your understanding of the sector.

You will also complete a work experience placement within an area of health and social care.

If you have not yet achieved a grade C (or above) in GCSE English and maths, you will be required to attend GCSE resit sessions (if you achieved grade D) or functional skills sessions (if you achieved grade E or below).

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English & maths)
  • A good reference
  • A DBS criminal record check (£44 to process)


You will complete written assignments and practical projects both in the classroom and on placement. The evidence generated will serve as an end of year portfolio of your work.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto one of our level 3 diplomas in health & social care.

Employment opportunities may involve work in an assistant role within the health and social care sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering College of Further and Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016

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